Crime Briefs: Burglar ransacks Wilmette bedrooms

The following incidents were listed in the official reports of the Wilmette and Kenilworth Police Departments.

BURGLARY

A resident of the 3300 block of Wilmette Avenue told police Aug. 25 that someone entered the resident’s house through a rear sliding door and ransacked four second-floor bedrooms. At the time of the initial report investigators didn’t know what had been taken.

A resident of the 700 block of Linden Avenue told police Aug. 28 that someone got into his unlocked garage and stole a specialized hybrid-model bicycle. The report did not indicate the value of the bicycle, but said the owner stated it had a lock affixed to the frame.

THEFT

Residents of two homes on the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue reported bicycle thefts to police on Aug. 27. In one case, a woman said her son’s unlocked bicycle was taken from outside the west end of the building. In the second case, a babysitter reported that her bicycle, also left outside the house, had been taken. Neither initial report indicated the bikes’ values.

Police said they received a complaint on Aug. 31 from a bicyclist, who told them he’d left his locked bicycle at the Centennial pool complex on Aug. 24. When he returned to get it Aug. 31, he discovered the bike, and the lock, were gone.

A resident of the 1200 block of Isabella Street told police Aug. 23 that someone appeared to have tried to steal items from the property, sometime between Aug. 16 and that day. The woman, who had recently sold the house at that address, was back before the sale closed to do some work there when she noticed that someone had uprooted a large number of recently planted shrubs, lining them up near the rear gate of the property after doing so. The initial report didn’t indicate that anyone had successfully gotten into the house.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE

A resident of the 500 block of 5th Street called police Aug. 9 after hearing someone throwing what turned out to be six cans of soda against his house around 9 p.m. By the time police arrived, there were no offenders in sight. Officers checking the house reported seeing no damage.

In a similar incident on the nearby 900 block of Greenleaf Avenue, a homeowner told police Sept. 1 that someone had thrown several cans of soda at his house, breaking a window and causing about $300 in damage, while he and his family were out of town. The vandalism took place sometime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1.

Two drivers told Kenilworth police that they discovered scratches on the sides of their cars after parking on the 300 block of Melrose Avenue. One motorist reported the damage on Aug. 26, and the second woman’s incident was reported Aug. 28.

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